Phyllis Gillis

Phyllis Gillis

Saturday, August 26th, 1933 Friday, March 6th, 2020

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Obituary for Phyllis Marion Gillis (Farmer)


Gillis, Phyllis Marion
August 26, 1933 to March 6, 2020
The Gillis family announces with sadness the passing of Phyllis Marion Gillis (nee Farmer) on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the age of 86. Born in Truro, Nova Scotia, she grew up in Chicoutimi, Quebec. She was the daughter of the late Guy and Ethel Farmer and widow of the late James Creighton (Gil) Gillis, beloved mother of Susan (Adam) and Rod (Shannon) and cherished grandmother of Andrew and Jessie. Predeceased by her sister, Vivien and her brother, Kenneth and is survived by her brother, Frank and her many nieces and nephews.
As a Home Service Director for General Mills and President of the Montreal Dietetic Association, she was an inspiration to generations of women. She left her career to raise her family. After, she returned to school and became a dietitian at the Dufferin Oaks in Shelburne and Fergus Hospital in Fergus. She travelled the world in her retirement and finally settled at Montgomery Village Retirement Home in Orangeville. She remained active in the community and was a good friend to all.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre, 21 First St., Orangeville - DATE AND TIMES TO BE ANNOUNCED.
In her memory, donations to Westminster United Church in Orangeville and CNIB would be greatly appreciated.
A tree will be planted in memory of Phyllis in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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    Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 |
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First St
    Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
    Rev Sandra Abuja

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Carol Riddell

She was a great volunteer at hospital always cheerful and helpful. Sorry for your loss RIP Phyllis
Comment | Posted at 01:47pm via Condolence


Susan and Rod and families. Your Mom was very special. What made her so special? She always cared about others more then herself and was always positive in her outlook on life. Her smile lit up a room and warmed your soul. She was loved by many and will be missed. May God be with you in the days and weeks ahead
Fred Giles & Lynne Laverty
Comment | Posted at 02:50am via Condolence

Jayne Dennis

I remember Phyllis' name from my mum, Margaret Dennis (who also worked at Dufferin Oaks and Orangeville hospital). Condolences from us.. (She and my mum can "catch up" in Heaven).
Comment | Posted at 01:39pm via Condolence

Wendy May

I am truly saddened by the passing of Phyllis. She was a warm and caring person who often made me and others laugh. I will miss seeing her sitting at the front of the church. Blessings to you as you morn your loss. Wendy May
Comment | Posted at 12:48pm via Condolence

Nancy Frater

Very sad news. Susan and Rod, please know that you are in our thoughts. Nancy and Tom Frater
Comment | Posted at 10:25pm via Condolence

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